Kamarul is a multi-disciplinary artist. Currently pursuing his BA in NTU’s School Of Art, Design & Media, Kamarul’s works explore the notion of everyday objects and uses them as a new element. Kamarul got his first world exposure after representing Singapore in the first ever World Event Young Artist at Nottingham, UK in 2012. He exhibited his series titled Facial Codes at the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) at Vancouver 2015. In 2016, Kamarul was awarded the Highly Commended award in the Visual Arts & Design category by the Undergraduate Award. Kamarul holds several exhibitions in Singapore each year.
Area(s) of Focus
Creative Direction, Interaction Design, Visual Effects
Award(s) and Recognition
2016 — Highly Commended, Undergraduate Award
Final Year Project(s)
The Hue Space is an interactive audiovisual installation that explores light in relation to human emotions. Presented in a full-dome projection space, this enclosed and immersive room invites visitors to experience unfamiliar and singular visual conditions. Through multiple combinations of sound and subtle gradual transition of colours, the work engenders unique and constantly evolving lighting tableaux. Inspired by the psychological influence of colours on human perception, visitors may find themselves constructing emotional responses and narratives during their experience.
This highly minimal installation was conceived as a direct response to over-the-top immersive dome-based video projection seen in most planetariums and domes projects. With the introduction of LED strips, the colour from the projection blends with the colour from the LED strips, forming a unique gradient of colours every second. These unexpected combination of colours also mimic nature’s sunset/sunrise and also the aurora borealis. With a carefully crafted audio in sync with each colours, visitors are brought along to a journey of ancient wisdom and modern abstract.
The Hue Space is best experienced from start to finish as the work is progressive and aims to be a durational art installation. The work also serve as a metaphor of entering into one own’s brain as a place of contemplation and reflection as the dome has a similar shape to the human brain.
Hardknocks is a soundscape installation that generates sound from data collected from construction sites. These data includes; the number of death per year to injuries occurred on a construction sites. Visualising data into sound, the poignant truth of these statistics are being presented in a tangible way. Translating mere numbers into a space where conversations and dialogues can be discuss will shed more light on the subject.
This installation explore the issues on construction and acknowledging the process rather than the finished building. Each thumping sound of the metal solenoid(which symbolises dangerous objects) hitting the hard hat represents one death or accident that occur on a construction project last year in Singapore. The rhythmic thumping becomes almost difficult to listen to knowing one is listening to the sound of death. White hard hats was used in this project to represent the managers and supervisors, the ones who are responsible for any accidents that occur under their watch.
A site specific installation, the white hard hat is juxtaposed with the concrete wall, which is the foundation of any construction project. Furthermore, the hats are in a ‘hanging’ position to symbolises the hanging racks, a place where hard hats retire and probably picked up by another worker.
Sandrome is an exploration of audio visual presentation that depicts sand as an analogy of our emotion and the environment. This project deals with how one’s body react with multiple emotion and feelings. Using the sand as backdrop to convey the movement better, dancer/performer express their emotions through the help of audio and visual.